Sunday, March 22, 2009

Van Jones for WIN Magazine

Van Jones : Modern Day Prophet.

This illustration was done for WIN Magazine. It is a portrait of Van Jones for a review of his book, The Green Collar Economy. The title of the article was "Modern day prophet."

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Thane of Cawdor

Characters : Doomed.

Here's a sketch for my gallery show. Still not sure if I am going to use this particular one, but I liked it enough to post it.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Shelter


I couldn't get this piece to work for me. I was trying to incorporate these other panels into it, and it was very frustrating. In the end I think it works best just as one panel, it makes much more sense this way. I am kind of sad that I spent so many hours painting panel 2 again and again. But I figured it out eventually, sometimes you just need to leave it alone.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Characters : Flamboyant.

Flamboyant.

Here's my first finished piece for my gallery show this summer (with Tim Durning). I was originally going to do literary characters, but now I am just doing characters in general, specifically ones that entail certain traits. I'd never painted armor before, so it was really fun to paint. I included my initial thumbnail sketch and my final sketch below.


Late Night Bowie Sketch.

Here's a quick David Bowie sketch I did while watching the videos below. I am currently pretty obsessed with Bowie, and I have come to the conclusion that it's okay.

Oh, You Pretty Things.


Starman.


Rebel Rebel.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Slumdog Colonizer

Danny Boyle's vision of India for the Indypendent.

Here's an illustration I did for the Indypendent yesterday. The article was about Danny Boyle's movie Slumdog Millionaire, more specifically how Danny Boyle portrayed India in the film. This wasn't my favorite sketch, but they picked this one so I went with it (the one I liked had an elephant in it, I really wanted to paint an elephant). They also wanted it to be an irregular shape - I'm not sure if having it fade off is better than a nice big black area at the bottom, but it's different from how I usually work so I guess it's worth it just for the change.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sketchbook 5 : Midnite.

Dr. Mid-Nite

Eric Orchard
is a wonderful artist, his work has a beautiful whimsical quality, it can be extremely soft and nuanced, or very graphic and powerful. Recently Eric had some awesome kirby inspired drawings on his blog. And it got me to thinking about old comic characters. After trading a couple of emails with Eric and we decided to each post a sketch - I chose Dr. Mid-Nite (as many of my friends know, I am a huge fan), and Eric chose Hourman. I love the designs of those old characters, like Hourman, the original Sandman or the first Blue Beetle. They're just so classic!

The sketch was inspired by how Dr. Mid-Nite used smoke bombs to fight crime (second only to sandmans sleeping gun), I tried to invision him coming into focus through the smoke. Nowadays every superhero has bones sticking out of their skin and telepathic fire that shoots out of their eyes which they got from hell. But Dr. Mid-Nite could just see in the dark, and he was really a doctor.

Update: Here's Erics Hourman!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sketchbook 4.


Here are some more black and white drawings from my sketchbook. Mostly chickens this time, and a pigeon in there, because why not.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sketchbook 3.



I took a bit of the afternoon today and painted some cats. I used a brush pen, and just used the blacks to describe the form of black and white cats very quickly. I did a bunch, but these were the ones I liked.




Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sketchbook 2.

Barn and silo at dusk, from my sketchbook.


Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sketchbook 1.


Here's a quick little study from my sketchbook.


Saturday, March 07, 2009

Homer at the PMA


I ventured out to the Philadelphia Museum of Art today, as I am known to do. I've been to every section of that museum multiple times, so nowadays I just skip the lot and go straight to what I really want to see. Today consisted of standing in awe of some of my favorite painters, Homer, Eakins, Wyeth and Sargent.

It made my heart heavy when I read: Andrew Wyeth, Born 1912, Died 2009.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Concepts and Studies


Here are some studies and character designs from my sketchbook. My mind often wonders and I have a lot of fun creating characters for no real purpose, like the lion man above. I also just like doing tiny painting just to warm up or try some new techniques. I tried some opaque painting below, it's something i've been including in my own work more and more.

something about a nazi like crow captured my imagination for weeks.

a quick self portrait from a mirror